About the Journal

Focus and Scope

REGION is the journal of ERSA (European Regional Science Association). It publishes original scientific work in Regional Science, Regional Economics, Economic Geography, and related areas.

REGION is open access. It is freely available to readers and does not charge submission or publication fees from authors.

Peer Review Process

Submissions to REGION are subject to a double blind peer review process. The peer review process is organized by the journal's editorial team. Every article submitted to REGION will be screened by the editors for plagiarism by use of software. Any issues arising there will be dealt with by the editorial team. Only contributions that are original beyond doubt can be published in REGION.

Publication Frequency

This journal publishes 2 regular issues per year. Special issues will be published as additional issues. For regular issues, articles will be published as they become ready for publication in order to ensure that new content is available to the scientific community as early as possible. The articles of a special issue will be published all at once in order to allow for the internal structure of the publication.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Articles published in the journal are provided under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license requiring proper attribution.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

For all parties involved in the act of publishing it is necessary to agree upon fundamental aims and principles and upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for REGION are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the COPE Code of Conduct (www.publicationethics.org).

Aim & Principles

REGION aims to make available to the public the results of high quality scientific research in Regional Science, Regional and Urban Economics, Planning, Economic Geography, Environment, and related areas. The operation of REGION is guided by the following principles:

  • Scientific Quality
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Wide accessibility and ease of access
  • Free sharing and use of new knowledge

Editors' responsibilities

Publication decision

The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles are published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making the decision.

Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and anyone else who has access to a submitted manuscript (editorial staff) must not disclose any information about the manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisors, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in the own research of an editor or a member of the editorial staff without the explicit written consent of the author(s). Editors will recuse themselves (i.e. ask a co-editor or a member of the editorial board to review or consider instead) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the paper.

Reviewers' responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and helps maintain scientific quality.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor in due time and excuse him/herself from the reviewing process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published material of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.

Authors' responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.


Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as coauthors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the editor and cooperate with the editor to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.


ERSA (European Regional Science Association)

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Sources of Support

FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Journal History

REGION is a joint initiative of ERSA (European Regional Science Association - http://www.ersa.org) and WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business - http://www.wu.ac.at). The journal was founded in 2014 with financial support provided by FWF (Austrian Science Foundation - http://www.fwf.ac.at):